Why Sainte-Foy Ski Resort?
- Uncrowded slopes
- Attractive mountain setting with tree-lined slopes
- Easy access to larger resorts of Tignes, Les Arcs and Val d'Isère
First opened as a ski resort in 1990, Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise is close to the large resorts of Tignes, Les Arcs and Val d'Isère yet holds a real unspoilt, intimate village atmosphere. Built in the Savoyard style it gives a seamless blend of old and new, a refreshing change from some of the concrete jungles found in the larger alpine resorts.
Although small, Sainte-Foy has enough restaurants and bars for a ski holiday and there are some great alpine chalets serving delicious authentic cuisine. Because the resort is quite contained, no accommodation is far from the lifts or nursery slope.
The skiing in Sainte-Foy is renowned for its fantastic off-piste opportunities for intermediate and experts and great snow conditions. Away from the slopes, there are plenty of activities on offer from dog sledding and paragliding to snow-shoeing.
The friendly and helpful Sainte-Foy Tourist Office is open throughout the winter to answer any questions and provide further information. Their comprehensive website is full of useful information, tips and suggestions.
SAINTE FOY SKI AREA
On paper, potential visitors to Sainte Foy may be fooled into thinking there isn't much skiing on offer in this small resort. As well as large areas of easy and more difficult off-piste which the area is well-known for, the ski area in Sainte-Foy also has something to offer all levels of skiers and snowboarders on its pistes.
Benefiting from good snow cover throughout the winter, Sainte-Foy is a northwest-facing resort meaning powder stays around for days and is sheltered by the many trees. The ski area sits across an altitude of 1550m-2620m. The pistes are known for the way they snake through the larch trees, a very attractive and peaceful setting. The ski lifts give access to many official nature trails (3 black, 1 red, 1 blue) and the option of a heli-drop can take you further afield to even wilder landscapes across the Italian border.
The 1650m long six-person chairlift now joining Charmettes at 1800m to Marquise at 2500m has dramatically increased the lift-accessed terrain. The blue-run Grand Solliet and red-run La Fogliettaz have been created recently as a result of this lift and more off-piste routes have been made easily accessible. The resort is home to a few uncrowded and easy green and blue runs through trees which are child-friendly and ideal for second-week skiers to build confidence.
Sainte Foy is famous for its vast amounts of quiet, untouched powder slopes. The lift system offers access to a choice of green, blue and reds that run through the trees offering great fun and are real confidence builders. This resort appeals to a mixed level of skiers and snowboarders and is frequented by locals and ski instructors from nearby 'mega resorts' on their days off.10 snow cannons on the blue Les Charmettes and the Arpettaz and Savonette red runs mean snow conditions are good here until end of the season.
In order to guarantee regular, quality snow, every year they improve the snow production systems. This winter 2018/19, 18 new snow cannons have been set up on the lower slopes of Crêt Serru, Tobbogan and Creux de Formeïan. With these new installations, there will be a total of 80 snow cannons in the ski area.
Slope/lift details as per main panel:
- Lifts: 7 (4 chairlifts, 2 moving carpets, 1 telecord)
- 2 green slopes for beginners
- 6 blue slopes + a blue discovering area ‘‘Grand Bois’’
- 10 red slopes + themed zone “big bosses” une zone à thème ‘‘the big bosses’’ a freestyle course with mogul area, level red non-pisted
- 1 black slope + 3 themed zones “ski-nature”, level black, non-pisted but secured and marked
- 1 toboggan slope on the branch to Bataillettaz, accessible by magic carpet. Free
- There are 2 picnic areas on the Marquise sector
SAINTE FOY SKIING
SAINTE FOY BEGINNERS
The quiet, relaxed slopes of Sainte-Foy make it ideal for families and beginners. It has a small free drag lift at the bottom of the piste (opposite Les Fermes de Sainte-Foy) which is great for beginners. Although there are few green runs, one of the 2 available is long and there are also some gentle blue runs (one in resort and several higher up).
SAINTE FOY INTERMEDIATES
There are plenty of red runs suitable for intermediate skiers looking to sharpen their technique. Since 2018 there’s a new red south-west-facing slope in the La Marquise sector, served by the Les Marquises chairlift. At the starting point, there is a Chamois sign that gives children and adults instructions for off-piste skiing, and advice about precautions to take.
SAINTE FOY EXPERTS AND OFF-PISTE
Well-known for its off-piste options, Sainte-Foy is great for those looking to take their skiing to the next level.
There are 3 dedicated areas for practising off-piste:
- Techniride (A) and Off-Track (B): free ride safe zones where obstacles are not signalised
- Shaper Paradise (C): secured area specially dedicated to freestyle
The more daring can also take a guide to explore and ski Sainte Foy on one of the renowned off-piste routes to the deserted farming hamlet of Le Monal, or the infamous 1700m vertical descent of the north face of Fogliettaz. Sainte Foy Tarentaise’s proximity to the Italian boarder means it is easy to arrange a day’s heli-skiing above La Thuile and La Rosière too.
SAINTE FOY SNOWBOARDERS
There is a dedicated freestyle area and also some great free-riding terrain available to snowboarders.
Sainte Foy Ski Hire
We have selected Skiset to ensure that only the highest standard of equipment and service will be provided for all levels of skiers. More information on ski hire.
We have 2 conveniently located hire shops in Sainte-Foy for all your ski and snowboard equipment needs. We offer competitive prices and special offers are also available. Pre-booking your equipment hire will allow you to save precious skiing time once in the resort and means you can budget for your ski holiday, knowing that it is already book and paid for.
Sainte Foy Lift Passes
You have the choice to purchase a ski pass which covers the whole ski area or the smaller local ski area. We suggest that you purchase the larger area lift pass, unless a complete beginner, as shown in our table below.
Lift pass delivered FREE to your home. Book your lift pass for Sainte Foy at least 14 days prior departure and we can arrange hands-free lift passes delivered to your home, meaning you can ski straight through the gates, giving you more piste time - at no extra cost! Please note you will not be required to hand over a voucher at the kiosk in resort (non applicable for free passes as you will be asked for a photo and a proof of age on site). Conditions apply. Please enquire with a member of the Ski Collection team for more details.
Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):
Sainte Foy – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:
1/2 day - €21.10 children, €28.30 adults
Day - €23.20 children, €31.50 adults
Sainte Foy Ski School
Ski school for children is available to book from 3 years to 11 years, in Sainte Foy, with Ski Collection.
Ski School: Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods (22/12-4/1, 9/2-8/3 & 6/4-26/4) we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.
We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged.
Sainte Foy Private Lessons (17/18 prices, NOT pre-bookable)
Individual tuition can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Ski Collection cannot pre-book these.
From €44-55 for 1 hour for 1-2 pers
From €51-62 for 1 hour for 3-6 pers
Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change
Sainte Foy Tarentaise
Tel: 00 33 4 79 06 96 76
Sainte Foy Childcare
For ESF ski lessons prices from 4 years (can include lunch and additional care for rest of day), see our ski school tab. Ski Collection can pre-book ski lessons.
For creche under 4 years or non-ski creche until 11 years, see below. The creche is to be booked direct using the below contact details.
The “P’tits Trappeurs” club will look after children aged 3 to 11 years from 9am to 4.45pm. Sunday to Friday (Closed Saturday) at its new well-equipped premises in the centre of the resort. Activities include: sledging, making snowmen, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor games…
|2018/19 prices||1 Day||3 Days||5 Days||6 Days|
|Day without meal 8h45-12h/13h30-16h45||€40||€103||€170||€203|
|Day with meal 8h45 à 16h45||€50||€142||€226||€274|
|Half day 8h45-12h ou 13h30-16h45||€29||€72||€115||€142|
|Meal + Afternoon 12h à 16h45||€42||€115||€188||€226|
|1 Hour (exceptionally)||€15|
|Meal + supervision (12h-13h30)||€36|
They ensure the liaison with the ski school (ESF Sainte-Foy). This way your child can be accompanied to, and collected from the ski school. Please ask for information at the Club des P’tits Trappeurs.
A list of babysitters is available from the tourist office.
Top winter activities to experience in Sainte Foy!
Please note Ski Collection do not book any activities and most activities are payable.
Beyond the marked runs, the vast off-piste area is easily accessible from the resort’s chairlifts. Enjoy a unique ski experience and discover authentic hamlets nestled under the snow. Mountain guides and ski instructors can accompany you, so you can safely hone your skills while exploring fabulous virgin slopes. In Sainte Foy, you can have serious fun powder skiing, always with safety in mind.
Discover an exceptional ski touring area among the peaks and valleys of Mercuel, Le Clou and Le Monal. Accessible with the ski lifts, multiple routes await you for an energizing experience, always accompanied by a mountain professional.
Ski touring is also a great alternative in poor weather. Setting out from the resort, you can climb at your own pace through the silence of the forest along one of the three marked taster routes with a gradual ascent of 150 to 700 metres, then ski back down in safety along the pisted ski slopes.
Experience the exhilaration and adrenaline rush of ski racing! In Sainte-Foy, giant slalom and speed skiing are disciplines that everyone can enjoy for free on Tuesdays at the slalom stadium during the February school holidays
Just a stone’s throw from the Italian border, where heliskiing is authorized, Sainte Foy offers an exceptional base for experiencing a unique adventure. Virgin routes down the mythical slopes of the Ruitor Glacier… The Guide Office and ski schools offer trips of varying difficulty for skiers who already have a good level. You can even ski back down to some of the most beautiful villages in Sainte Foy!
Ski as a family and discover the mountain animals and their advice
Play about as a family on Sainte Foy’s natural terrain with its fun trails to develop your kids’ skills on all types of slope and find out all about mountain animals and their advice for protecting the environment.
Ski between the fir trees on the Natur’Renard trail, (piste n°25), an ungroomed blue piste where kids can discover the joys of natural skiing and learn all about the lives of foxes. Children can call the foxes with a series of bells before discovering one in a clearing, in the form of a wooden sculpture made by a local craftsman.
Backcountry for teens!
“Natural skiing” courses are offered in the Sainte Foy ski schools so your little thrill seekers can discover the mountain environment through a series of 3 challenges: learning to ski off-piste, training to use an avalanche transceiver, and listening to tips about mountain safety from a ski patroller and rescue officer. The programme is suitable for children over 11. Sainte Foy’s ski area offers a multitude of gentle, ungroomed slopes, which are easily accessible from the edge of the pistes.
Snowshoeing - protected forests
Step into the silence and the magic of the forest. No less than 568 hectares of forest have been classified for environmental protection. The system created in 1922 to reduce the erosion of the mountain soils and limit natural hazards, aims to compensate for forest felling to create ski slopes by protecting twice the felled surface. Our free winter snowshoeing routes partly cross through these forests.
A free toboggan run on the Galopins village slope for après ski fun.
On the edge of the piste, at the intersection of the slopes of Chapelle and Grand Solliet (above the departure station for the Marquise chairlift), come and take a break in the fun “Natur’Marmotte” area, for families and children. You can visit this sunny area without skis to have fun learning all about marmots and raising children’s awareness about protecting the environment.
A short distance away, kids can discover sleeping marmots in an old milk cellar, symbolizing a burrow, which hosts a wooden sculpture of 4 sleeping marmots.
The entrance of the cellar is protected by a grid for safety reasons.
We count on you to leave the site clean!
Please note: All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All activities will be in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.
The above information is for reference only and it is advised that visitors to Sainte-Foy seek additional up-to-date information from the Sainte Foy tourist office:
Sainte Foy Office
Bon Conseil Dessus
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 95 19
Booking Centre: +33 (0)4 79 06 95 19
Sainte Foy Resort News and Events 2018/19
Check out the latest news from Sainte-Foy on the Tourist Office website - www.saintefoy-tarentaise.com
Sainte Foy Après-Ski, Bars & Restaurants
There are several bars and restaurants in Sainte Foy. For more lively après ski Val d’Isere, Tignes and Les Arc a just short drive away.
Altitude Restaurants in Sainte Foy
At the top of the 1st chairlift (accessible by pedestrians and snowshoes)
Plan Bois, 73 640; +33 (0)6 87 26 10 11
Tartiflette, gratin and lasagne cooked in a wooden stove - Calm terrace facing Mont Pourri - Reservation advised
Plan Bois, 73 640; +33 (0)4 79 06 90 83
Sardinian inspiration - Terraces facing Mont Pourri and the Turia glacier - Live music
Marquises, 73 640; +33 (0)7 63 79 08 08
Restaurants and Bars in Sainte Foy
New for Winter 2017-18 - Modern - Traditional burgers with local ingredients
+33 (0)7 68 61 48 95
The Saint Germain wine bar
Tapas boards - Savoy wines
+33 (0)6 60 33 41 18
Cosmopolitan - French and South-African owners, Anglo-Japanese chef - Wine bar
Bon Conseil, 73 640; +33 (0)4 79 07 94 29
Chalet La Maison à Colonnes
Panoramic terrace - 17th century Savoyard chalet with typical Santaferian architecture
Bon Conseil Dessous, 73 640; +33 (0)4 79 06 94 80
Exquisite attention to detail in the cuisine offered by chef Guillaume Crosnier
+33 (0)4 79 06 90 16
Après-ski bar - Close to the ski school
+33 (0)4 79 04 14 86
Live concerts - Match screening - WiFi
Les Charmettes, 73 640; +33 (0)4 79 06 25 74
An institution for 130 years
Chef-lieu, 73 640; +33 (0)4 79 06 90 07
Cosy ambience - Old stones and wood-fires
Chef-lieu, 73 640; +33 (0)4 79 06 97 30
Sainte Foy offers a well equipped selection of ski shops, small supermarkets and a children's area near to the ski school. Other amenities include banks, a post office and bakeries. Nearest pharmacy is in Seez (20 min away by car).
Epicerie le Campaillou
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 90 05
Une Marmotte au Soleil - Newagents, gifts, souvenirs, local products, bread. Cheeses and charcuterie cut to order, raclettte, fondue and delicatessen corner. Open 7 days, 08:30 - 19:00. Located next door to ESF.
Les Balcons de Sainte-Foy
73640 Sainte Foy Tarentaise
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 03 57
Cash Point: located at parking Maisonnettes (P3)
Emergency numbers: Fire 18, Police 17, Medical 15 (or 112 for all from mobiles).
Doctor: Tel: +33 (0)6 68 10 88 36
Bourg Saint Maurice
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 41 79 79
Getting to Sainte-Foy, France
From Calais: 587 miles, approximately 9 hrs/
Motorway A26 Reims, Dijon A6 Maçon A43/A430 Albertville. Main road N90 Bourg Saint Maurice and follow signs for Sainte Foy.
Circulating on snow: before leaving, remember to take snow chains appropriate to your vehicle. In case you don't buy them in the UK, there are chains on sale: Superette Utile Sainte Foy station, Sainte Foy village or Bourg Saint Maurice.
Service Stations: Val d’Isère (12 km), Bourg Saint Maurice (15km), La Rosière (16km).
All mountains passes (Col du Petit Saint Bernard, Col de l’Iseran, Col de la Madeleine, Cormet de Roselend, …) are closed during winter.
Chambery: 75 miles, approximately 1hr 30
Lyon: 125 miles, approximately 2hrs 15
Grenoble: 122 miles, approximately 2hrs 10
Geneva: 125 miles, approximately 2hrs 20
Private taxi transfers from airports to Sainte Foy are pre-bookable via Ski Collection. See our airport & station transfers page for more information.
If you are getting the Alti Bus service to Sainte Foy from Bourg Saint Maurice train station, please ensure that you get the bus that stops at “Sainte Foy Station” and not “Sainte Foy Tarentaise”, as this is 5 miles before the actual ski resort of Sainte Foy Station.
Bourg St Maurice is the nearest train station. You can get a direct ski train from London to Bourg St Maurice on Friday night or Saturday. Bourg St Maurice train station private transfer pre-bookable through Ski Collection.
Sainte Foy Opening Dates
Sainte Foy ski area is open: Saturday 15/12/18 – Sunday 14/04/19.